North East Tasmania Tourism

Local Towns

Scottsdale

Scottsdale is the heart of North East Tasmania’s rich agricultural, dairying and forest region.

Heritage buildings abound along the main street, King Street, and surrounding areas.  

Savour the flavours and enjoy country hospitality at a local pub, award-winning bakery or café.

The Scottsdale Visitor Information Centre can be found in the heritage-listed old courthouse premises on Alfred Street. The friendly volunteers here can tell you everything you need to know about the local area and surrounds! 

A short stroll from the Scottsdale Visitor Information Centre brings visitors to the cenotaph, and the magnificent RSL Carvings commissioned to create a lasting memorial to the efforts of all the armed forces during the Second World War and the Vietnam War. From the cannons and spitfire aeroplanes of WW2, to the M60 machine guns and helicopters of Vietnam, all are represented. 
On the other side of the park, fronting onto George Street, is the carving which represents the dedication and bravery of Simpson and his Donkey. Private Jack Simpson Kirkpatrick, a field ambulance stretcher bearer at Anzac Cove, and his little donkey, rescued over 300 men in a period of 24 days. Colonel John Monash wrote “Private Simpson and his little beast earned the admiration of everyone at the upper end of the valley… Simpson knew no fear and moved unconcernedly amid shrapnel and rifle fire, steadily carrying out his self imposed task day by day, and he frequently earned the applause of the personnel for his many fearless rescues of wounded men from areas subject to rifle and shrapnel fire.”                                                      

Directly opposite Simpson and his Donkey you can find the Scottsdale RSL Military Museum, with a large collection of military memorabilia and the only Vietnam era Iroquois Helicopter on public display in Tasmania. 

Northeast Park is situated within the Scottsdale township, and provides free camping for tents, caravans and campervans. An ideal base for exploring North East Tasmania, all sites are unpowered and available for up to seven nights. Amenities include hot showers, toilets, dump point and gas barbeques. Set in peaceful park surroundings, enjoy a wander along endemic forest pathways, picnic by the ponds, feed the ducks and maybe spot a platypus, pademelon, wallaby or the rare and endangered burrowing crayfish. (Scottsdale is an RV Friendly Town.)

A 2.5 hour return walk to the summit of Mt. Stronach provides magnificent far reaching views over the town and surrounding countryside, and out to the coast and the Furneaux Islands. Located in a Forest Reserve, the slopes are clothed in dry forests of peppermint and stringybark eucalypts, with white gums along the ridge line. Exposed granite slabs are often covered in Kunzea scrub, providing very picturescue walking!

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Events

Annual Arts Festival

While elsewhere in Tasmania people are tucking up by the fire and going into winter hibernation, North East Tasmania comes alive to celebrate and showcase local arts and crafts annually on the June long weekend.

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Bridport CWA Market

The Bridport CWA Market is held on the first Saturday of every month, undercover in the CWA Hall. There is a large range of fresh local fruit and vegetables, home-made jam, sauces and cakes. Jewellery, plants and bric-a-brac are also available.

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